Friday, August 22, 2008
THE WORLD IN SIX SONGS
In his 2006 book This Is Your Brain on Music, Daniel J. Levitin explained the evolutionary necessity of songs in shaping human identity. Now he’s back to reveal how that evolutionary work was accomplished through just six categories of song: Friendship, Joy, Comfort, Knowledge, Religion, and Love. In The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature (available now), each category gets a chapter to prove how its unique properties transformed the human brain.
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